When you are navigating the real estate industry – particularly in an unfamiliar market, such as Thailand, for example – it pays to shop around until you find the right real estate agency for you. Take your time and make sure that you are only working with those who demonstrate the following 10-qualities: 

  1. Availability 

You want to work with a real estate agency that makes time for you. The fact is, they should be serving you and not the other way around. As such, it makes sense that your real estate agent should be available to you within normal working hours. 

  1. Proof of experience 

It’s worth hiring a real estate agency with proof of experience; a company that has a proven track record for delivering quality results, time and time again. You deserve the best. 

  1. Honesty 

It’s not always easy to tell, but honesty and transparency is paramount in this business. You want to work with someone who represents your best interests above all. Go with your gut

  1. Broad knowledge

 

How well a real estate agent will be able to answer your questions and deal with any situation that presents itself is crucial. You can test this by probing with a few questions in the early stages of your communication with a prospective real estate agency. 

  1. Approachable 

Another bonus is working with a real estate agent who is approachable and easy to talk to. You’re likely to be spending a fair bit of time with them so it can’t hurt to get on well, and feel comfortable with them. 

  1. Proactive and ‘on the ball’ 

The real estate market – particularly in Thailand – is highly competitive. If you are to succeed with your goals, you’ll need a proactive real estate agency representing you and an agent assigned to you who will pursue your best interests, actively. 

  1. Reputable 

Reputation is everything. Do some research and look at client testimonials to get a feel for what the customer experience is like. We recommend an established company like DDproperty with a strong presence throughout the country. 

  1. Reliability 

This ties in well with availability. How reliable are they? When they say they’re going to call at a certain time, do they or do you need to chase them up? You need to work with a real estate agency with an agent who follows through with what they say they’re going to do. 

  1. Professional but personable 

Everyone claims to be highly professional, but how many of these real estate agencies follow through with their claims? You can tell whether someone is professional almost instantaneously. 

  1. Organisation 

You can’t be dealing with a real estate agent who barely knows what day it is. When it comes to making large investments in a foreign market, it is paramount that your real estate agent is highly organised and knows exactly what they are doing. Don’t settle for less than you deserve.